FT. KNOX, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Hundreds of Ft. Knox soldiers and military families gathered to meet University of Louisville men's and women's players and basketball coaches, Rick Pitino and Jeff Walz.
"We really look forward to this day and for us it's a little bit of a history lesson as well for our players because they've never been on a military base before," Pitino, said.
Coach Pitino and Walz brought the magic to the Exchange shop, displaying the NCAA Championship trophy to military families while signing their "John Hancock" on almost everything.
"I got up at 3:30 and put on my war paint and sneaked in the door," Cards fan, Kathleen Free, said.
"It's amazing this is a one in a lifetime opportunity," another Card fan, Shanasia Anderson, said.
Her younger brother, Jamison Anderson, said: "I think it's amazing."
"They're out there defending us and they're serving our country and put themselves in harm's way. It's nice when we can give back to them also," Walz, said.
The event gave coaches and players the chance to says thanks to Ft. Knox soldiers.
"Oh it's awesome it's a gift to my nephew. He's a big Cardinal fan so is my family and the Cards clearly have the nation's attention in almost all sports," Michael Hauser, Army Recruiting Command, said.
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